Women launch lawsuit in labour-inducing drug case at N.B hospital

A class action has been launched against New Brunswick's largest health authority and an obstetrics nurse by women who believe the nurse improperly gave them a labour-inducing drug.

The lawsuit alleges that the Moncton Hospital either knew or should have known the registered nurse allegedly added the drug to IV saline bags hooked up to pregnant women and could have done more to prevent it.

Its statements have not been proven in court, and the Horizon Health Network is refusing all comment due to an ongoing criminal investigation, while the nurse could not be reached for comment.

The representative plaintiff, Jayde Scott, alleges she went into induced labour with her twins shortly after a saline solution IV was hooked up and within minutes a heart monitor showed a sharp and dangerous drop in the fetal heart rate.

Doctors conducted a rushed c-section and her daughters were born within hours, and Scott told reporters today it was a traumatizing experience that robbed her of the opportunity to experience a natural child birth.

Scott says in the lawsuit she was told the day after her delivery that the nurse had injected oxytocin into her IV bag and there were several small puncture marks in the bag.

The lawsuit says the health administration should apologize and a system for compensating the mothers should be set up.